IGNITING THE FLAME OF UNITY


THE HISTORY OF THE


 BRIGHTON BRANCH OF A.S.L.E.F.


  

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 No. 1 BRANCH SECRETARIES


R. TAYLOR 1951 - 1954


(Footplate Seniority, no date available)

 

No. 2 BRANCH SECRETARY


A. GEARE 1950


(Footplate Seniority no date available)


& C. STONER 1951 - 1964


(Footplate Seniority 01.12.1916)

 

This page covers the early days of Nationalisation of British Railways 

 

 

 Hand made by Vic Clarke, when he was a Fireman at Dorchester Loco

 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL


AUGUST 1948


BRIGHTON BRANCH No.2


Since we have changed our time of meeting from Sunday to Thursday we get a nice crowd, including the old stalwarts of the 

branch, and our last meeting we had a visitor from the Locomotive Departmen, who is a dual man; we would like to see a few 

more to add their complaints on the L.D.C. agenda, as it is for their benefit as well as ours. May I ask all members who have 

voting papers in their lockersto fill them in and put them back in my locker, so that Head Office in respect to 

(1) The implementation of rest days in the electrical section of the Southern Region;

(2) Defects of colour lights and indicators;

(3) The E.C. to push forward our claim for a boat pass to co-inside with the all-line pass.

trusting that all members will do their best to attend the next meeting of this branch to hear correspondence from Head Office 

and not do the "Lobby moaning act."

C. A. BATCHELOR


BRANCH SECRETARY

 

 

 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL


OCTOBER 1949


BRIGHTON BRANCH No.2


I am glad to report that some of our members at Brighton are waking up to the fact that we have a branch, and the attendance 

on the other shift is becoming larger. Why not our shift as well? It is only two hours, one night a month, first and second 

Thursday in each month, especialyy now we are going forward with our own L.D.C.

Come forward with your complaints and get them remedied in the authorised way.


C. A. BATCHELOR


BRANCH SECRETARY

 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL


MAY 1950


BRIGHTON BRANCH No.2


It is very pleasing to note the attendance at branch meetings is increasing; it shows that some interest is now being taken in 

the branch and the work of the Society. Come and air your views at the meetings - 1st and 2nd Thursdays in each month - one 

for each shift. Help to send in resolutions for Housing and Pensions.

I hope all members read the February Journal, especially those who do not have contracted out from paying the Political 

Levy.

Now we have a new committee and we are also hoping to have our own L.D.C. It is now up to you to get things moving; 

everyone will be welcome.

C. A. BATCHELOR


BRANCH SECRETARY

 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL


JULY 1950


BRIGHTON BRANCH No.2


It is nice to see the average attendance at the branch meetings being kept up. I hope all members read the retiring paymaster

farewell letter, three phrase being quoted, which I think should be branch mottoes.

"Getting a kick out of life"; "By helping the other man"; and "Done with pleasure."

Now for the "Whispering Gang"; If these were to come to the branch and lay their complaints, something could be done, 

instead of letting one man "take the can back."

A little surprise was given to our retiring chairman (Bro. B. Etherington) by Bro. A. Pitfield, acting as chairman, who made a 

nice little speech in presenting a pipe, pouch and 2oz of tobaccoo for service rendered to the branch. Very good, Alfie! Now 

rhe Social and Retirement Fund has started, let's make it a sucess.


C. A. BATCHELOR


BRANCH SECRETARY

 

 THE NEW PROMOTION AND REDUNDANCY ARRANGEMENTS 1950


 

ASLEF COLLECTION

 

ASLEF COLLECTION

 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL


SEPTEMBER 1950


BRIGHTON BRANCH No.2


A fairly good August attendance meeting was held, with Bro. C. Branson in attendancend. As he spoke on L.D.C. 

representation and machinery of negotations, I should have thought there would have been more members there, as 

complaints roll in "The Lobby" instead of in the branch room. Shift no.1 could be a lot better and all members on this shift will 

be made welcome; now don't "moan" in the room, but give these meetings your complaints.

Bro. C. Branson answered all questions put to him and a hearty vote of thanks was given for his attendance. 


C. A. BATCHELOR


BRANCH SECRETARY

 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL


JANUARY 1951


BRIGHTON BRANCH No.2


A Happy and Prosperous New Year to all members! Please keep up the attendance at branch meetings. Help the branch by 

asking other members to attend for teir "moans."

A most enjoyable evening was held on november 25, when the Social and Retirement Fund held its first social. A number of 

retired members were invited and they were pleased to attend such a function. Bro. W. Lewery, who spoke for the retires 

members, said it was nice to the old face again and wished the Fund success. Mr. J. Rodgers, District Motive Power 

Superintendent, was present with his wife, and made the presentations to two of our retired members, Bros. L, Skinner and J. 

Green. He said it was a pleasure to be present, and that it ought to be called the "Not Forgotten" Club. Entertainment was 

provided by Bro. C. Pierce and his colleagues, who are to be complimented on a successful evening. The Committee also 

deserve thanks for the running of this first social.

 

C. A. BATCHELOR

BRANCH SECRETARY

 

 

 Mac McCabe Collection

 

 

 Driver Bob Roser, Fireman Ted Janes & Unknown Brighton Guard

This photo was taken by Fred Rich at Bournemouth West on the 15th August 1952, with 13:52 

Bournemouth West to Brighton

Bournemouth West station is now part of the main road system around Bournemouth called the 

"Wessex Way" 

The engnie was a Brighton Atlantic Class H2, 32426 'St. Albans Head'

Ted Janes recalls firing to Arthur Robert Roser for about two years in the 'Top Gang' and he was possibly 

Ted's longest mate and was apleasure to fire to.

Bob at the time of this photo being taken would of been about 59 years old and Ted was 24.

Bob entered the footplate grades at Brighton on the 25.06.1910.

 

LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL


FEBRUARY 1953


BRIGHTON BRANCH No.2


It gives me pleasure to report the regular attendance at our branch meetings of the "Faithfuls" who have interests of their job 

at heart. All members would have found the meetings lively and interesting nature, and would have heard at different times 

addresses bt E.C. member E. Cordell; Organiser W.J. Cleaver, and Sectional Council member M. Renshaw, with subjects and 

discussions of vital interest to all Motormen. So please, Brothers, let us hope that the attendance for 1953 will improve. Apart 

from the branch work, the Retirement and Social Committee have organised and held several social evenings during which 

any retiring comrades have been presented a sensible gift, also they are made to feel that they will not just drop out of line and 

be forgotten as in the past. The attendances at these functions have grown considerably since their inauguration, and at the 

last one, held in a good-sized room, it was standing-room only in a short space of time. The committee wish to thank all who 

attended on these occasions and appreciate the fact that their efforts to please successfully are not wasted .


F. .W. MUSK

BRANCH CHAIRMAN 

 

 

 

 

 LOCOMOTIVE JOURNAL


FEBRUARY 1954


BRIGHTON BRANCH No.2


We have had the pleasure of recent visits by Bros. P.G. Hockling and E. Cordell. It was evident by the attention given and the 

able way which questions were answered, coupledwith the helpful advice rendered by both these E.C. members, that those 

listening left the meeting fully satisfied that the past two hours had not been wasted.

Bro. Newbegin also attended at a meeting of L.D.C. representatives re duty bookings that are considered unsatisfactory, in 

consequence of which joint enquiry has been asked for.

The Retirement and Social Fund Committee once again arranged on November 21st a very enjoyable evening at the Labour 

Club, when presentations were made to retiring Bros. J. Pearce, C. Parker and T. Parsons. Gifts were handed to these 

Brothers by Bro. W. Boulton (Selhurst), and his words to each other were suitably replied to by the members concerned. Bro. 

Rickhard should also have received his retirement gift but illness of his wife prevent his being present. Excellent entertainment 

was provided by "The Revelaires" Concert Party, for which our grateful thanks are due.

May I remind members of this society that those in and around the Brighton are may join this fund on application to Branch 

Secretary, Bro. C. Stoner.

F. .W. MUSK

BRANCH CHAIRMAN

 

 

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